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CBN.com Frank and Dawn Mathews own a successful sod and seeding company in virginia.they specialize in commercial jobs. They bid on contracts and often get them.  But the Mathews admit when they first started seeing green, they were foolish about spending the money.

Frank says, “Things that we wanted to do, we’d just go out and do it.”

Dawn says, “We were buying cars, we were taking trips.”

Frank adds, “Eating out a lot”.

Dawn concludes, “Just spending money like it was endless.”

But when the economy took a downturn, job contracts were scarce. 
                       
Dawn remembers, “We were beginning to get behind.  Some bills two months behind, some bills three months behind.  The bills were coming in and stacking up and the money wasn’t.
I was paralyzed with fear.”

The Mathews had credit card balances, loans, and owed back taxes.  All totaling 400,000 in debt.
Frank says, “Life started becoming very difficult.  I was not sleeping, I was in fear, I was stressed and I was really struggling to get out of bed every day.  Facing the job, facing work, facing my family.  I just felt like a failure.”
                       
Frank prayed and asked God what was wrong.  He says he felt God was telling him his priorities were out of line.
                       
Frank says, “I just knew that the Lord wanted me to repent. And I said, ‘God, I want to live for you’.  I felt his spirit and god restored my life that day.”

Frank prayed for guidance.  At the same time dawn started watching the 700 Club.
                       
Dawn says, “We’ve always respected Pat and his wisdom.  And he’d teach about tithing.  And I knew that was something that we should be doing and we were out of God’s will.”
                       
They not only began tithing to CBN, they also cut up their credit cards.  And the Mathews started to see a change.
                                                                                        
Frank remembers, “Work started picking up.  Checks would come in that we did not expect to come in.  The phone was ringing.  People were calling on jobs we quoted in the past and people would say ‘hey, I’ve got this job and we want you to come out and start immediately. ’And our lives were really starting to get exciting again.”

Dawn and Frank and decided to give over and above their tithe. 

Six months after they increased their giving, the Mathews landed their largest seeding contract ever—
It was nearly 1.5 million dollars with the Virginia Department of Transportation laying seed on the sides of the interstates.
                       
Dawn says, “we were so excited.  We jumped up and down ‘praise God!  We’ve got a chance at life again’.  We were being obedient and god was blessing that.  And we just wanted to do more and more and more!”

The blessings got even better.  The Virginia Transportation Department extended their contract to 7 million dollars.  That’s quadruple the revenue since they started tithing 2009.  And the Matthews have paid off all their debt.
                                                                                        
Frank says, “If you are struggling with your life and your finances and you just don’t see a way out, I would just encourage you to become obedient to the Lord and start tithing. When we are obedient, he is going to bless us for that.”

The Matthews saw the rewards of applying the Law of Reciprocity — "Give and it shall be given to you" — by giving to CBN. Here is your chance to give to the Lord and see your dollars bring truth to hurting people: feed and clothe needy children; keep The 700 Club Prayer Counseling Center phone lines operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and provide medical care to those who need a tangible touch of God's love. Become a CBN partner today!

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